James Marsters talks about Joss Whedon's strange reaction to Spike's popularity https://t.co/H04AEwFu8x— The Mary Sue (@TheMarySue) July 15, 2020
James was on Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast and told a weird Joss Whedon story
He was talking about Spike's story arc and being intimidating by becoming Buffy's love interest in season five
Although still controversial, that arc had its fans. Showrunner at that time Joss Whedon did not like that:
"I came along and I wasn’t designed to be a romantic character, but then the audience reacted that way to it. And I remember he [Whedon] backed me up against a wall one day, and he was just like, ‘I don’t care how popular you are, kid, you’re dead. You hear me? Dead. Dead!’ And I was just like, ‘Uh, you know, it’s your football, man. OK.’"
[was he joking?] "No, hell no"